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In the Regional Circuit, we staff up two of our airports to provide pilots with an opportunity to receive 'gate-to-gate' ATC service for the duration of the event. Pilots are encouraged to fly between the two airports and make the return flight if time allows; however, traffic from other airports is welcome as well. The Regional Circuit always creates an immersive atmosphere with busy frequencies and congested airways between the host airports.

Boston Virtual ARTCC is teaming up with ZNY to bring you this special 4-hour edition of the Regional Circuit, featuring Philadelphia (KPHL) and Boston (KBOS).

Local Time: October 17, 2019 1900-2300ET
Zulu Time: October 17, 2019 2300-0300z
Simple Insanity / Western Airline Having Fun With Beautiful Sunset Arrival
« Last post by Aharon Dayan on August 20, 2019, 09:35:14 am »
Shalom and greetings all my pals,

Presenting a beautiful sunset flight from PAJN Juneau International Airport located seven nautical miles northwest of the central business district of Juneau in Alaska to PAFA Fairbanks International Airport  located three miles southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks

Taxiing to short of runway 26

Holding short of runway 26 awaiting for take off clearance from the airport tower

Engines roaring with heavy thick smoke as the plane after receiving take off clearance starts to enter into runway for take off

Engine thrust being revved up with thick smokes to start runway take off

Roaring down the runway during take off run

Airborne on climb to FL330 via waypoints SSR OMSUN GLOWS PERZO CACHE

Still doing power climbing

Beautiful wing view

Approaching Chichagof island on way to SSR waypoint

Intercepting SSR waypoint and making right turn toward north to the destination

Wing view of Excursion Inlet which is renowned for largest fish canneries in the world

Climbing climbing climbing

Now cruising at FL330 although it is weird to see sun and half moon in same screenshot

Cruising along Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve

Wing view of waters of Southeast Alaska Dive Fishery Research Areas


Sun starting to set

Wing view of sun starting to set

Passing Kluane National Park and Reserve

Dig beautiful sunset above landscape of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Reserve


Passing famous McKinley mountains during descent

Wing view of same mountain range

Sorry  cannot resist beauty of sunset

Descending through clouds

Flying through clouds is EXCITING and FUN as long as you have radar capable of spotting other aircrafts

At 5,000 ft on way to runway 02L

On final runway approach

Passing waters of Chena river with background view of town of Chena

Approaching airport

Seconds before touchdown


Engaging reverse thrusters with background view of Alaska Airline hangar

Slowing down with background view of airport terminal

Exiting from runway 02L into taxiway B on way to gate 6

Taxiing from taxiway B to taxiway A

Entering into passenger apron

Dig awesome wing views

Getting ready to approach gate 6

Entering into gate 6 while Fed Ex tractor with trays of packages holds its position

Arriving at gate 6

Jetway connecting to the plane

Thank you for viewing!!  Please stay tuned for next exciting flight!!


New York (vZNY) / [N90 OTS] Umar Ashraf’s N90 OTS
« Last post by Jeremy Peterson on August 20, 2019, 06:08:47 am »
Come fly into the New York metro airports to test Umar Ashraf’s (UA) knowledge of the airspace and procedures! All pilots are welcome to fly into/out of ANY—and that includes the minors and uncontrolled fields—airport between 21 Aug/23Z and 22 Aug/01Z. Neighboring facilities are also encouraged to support UA with staffed positions.
General Discussion / New Screenshot Host for Flight Sim
« Last post by Ian Cowan on August 19, 2019, 08:58:05 pm »
Hello all!
I have been working on a project that is similar to lightshot ( but is more geared towards the flight sim community. I have called this project Flightsimages and it is at At the moment, you are able to register and upload images through any image uploader that allows you to send images (or screenshots) over an HTTP request! The instructions on the website are for ShareX which is a 3rd party application that allows for taking screenshots and then uploading them to the server. In the future I plan on adding the ability to upload images from the gallery page on the website.

Please note that this is currently still in testing, but please feel free to try it out and let me know if any bugs come up or anything you'd like it to be able to do! Like I said above, I tried to make this with the flight sim community in mind! Enjoy!
Events / AAL80: 09/07/19 1800-2200Z
« Last post by Roland Wenzel on August 19, 2019, 07:28:06 pm »
Join ZAU and ZFW in a crossfire event on 09/07/19 from 1800-2200Z to commemorate the last American Airlines MD80 revenue flight from DFW-ORD. Fly the dog between DFW and ORD, can you make it both ways? Make sure to bring your "stabilizer motion" to an event that you wont want to miss! Banner, pilot brief, and more details to come!
Events / [September 20th, 2019 2359-0400z] Battle of the Freight ZLA FNO
« Last post by Enrico Noia on August 19, 2019, 05:15:25 pm »

On Friday, September 20th at 2359z, join ZLA for a battle between the two largest Freight carriers in the US. The battle will take place in our two featured airports, Ontario Int'l (KONT) and San Diego Int'l (KSAN). Get ready to bring tons of cargo to Southern California.

Take your favorite aircraft and carrier and come enjoy 4 hours of full ATC service.

Pilot briefing coming soon
News / Position Posting: Fort Worth ARTCC Air Traffic Manager
« Last post by Wesley Miles on August 19, 2019, 04:48:37 pm »
VATUSA Position Vacancy Announcement

Position: Air Traffic Manager
Location: Fort Worth ARTCC (ZFW)
Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours per week+, and required monthly controller hours to maintain ARTCC membership
Supervisor: Southern Region Air Traffic Director (ATD)
Application Deadline: Closes September 2, 2019 at 23:59z

VATUSA is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Air Traffic Manager at the Fort Worth ARTCC.  This position is not an entry-level position and will require significant time commitments to effectively perform the duties of Air Traffic Manager.

Duties of the ATM:

- Reports to the Southern Region Air Traffic Director and directs the operations and management of the assigned facility
- Must maintain an online presence on the VATSIM network
- Maintains facility website and teamspeak
- Drafts ARTCC SOPs, LOAs and other appropriate documents; seeks ATD approval for the same
- Ensures ARTCC SOPs, LOAs and other appropriate documents are readily available for viewing/download
- Functions as VATUSA staff member and attends meetings as necessary to discuss and stay current with region and division issues, policies, and initiatives
- Manages and defines the duties of ARTCC staff; submits selection of Deputy ATM and Webmaster to the ATD for division confirmation; submits selection of Training Administrator to the Training Director for division confirmation
- Provides guidance and help to assigned controllers; may establish a staff of "Mentors" to assist with training
- Works with or delegates a liaison to work with region/division-level Events Coordinators on events as necessary
- Addresses disciplinary situations with the Southern Region ATD when appropriate

Minimum Requirements:

- Possess a high degree of energy and commitment appropriate to the requirements of the position
- Must have at least a Controller (C1) rating
- Must be an active member of the network in good standing
- Must be able to work in a team environment and function as a team member
- Have no significant disciplinary record, no history of unprofessional behavior

Highly Desired Skills:

- Demonstrates qualities of understanding, patience, and maturity.
- Understands the role of the ARTCC and ARTCC staff within the Southern Region, VATUSA, and VATNA
- Understands the position requires CONSIDERABLE commitment of time
- Prior ARTCC staff experience
- Prior or current Instructor or Mentor experience
- Experience effectively managing others through good leadership practices
- Real world management experience

Only those candidates who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should apply.  Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.  All qualified candidates will be reviewed and considered.  Qualified candidates currently assigned to the ARTCC will be given special consideration.

Applications should include:

- Name, active email address, and CID
- Resume (including any applicable real-world management experience).
- Letter of Intent / Cover-letter.

To Apply:
Submit the required information above to no later than September 2, 2019 23:59Z.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Events / Capital Christmas feat KDCA (Dec 14, 2359z-0400z)
« Last post by Joseph Kerr on August 19, 2019, 02:42:42 pm »
Join us as our annual event Capital Christmas featuring DCA takes place December 14th from 2359z-0400z. More information and event banner coming soon!
Events / Pendleton Round-up [10 SEP, 2359z-0400z]
« Last post by Justin Alderman on August 19, 2019, 01:24:53 pm »

A perfect time for pilots to visit KPDT in Eastern Oregon, during the areas biggest annual event each year, the Pendleton Round-up. Even AOPA has featured articles about this event being a great thing for real-world pilots to check-out. While you may not see an actual rodeo flying on VATSIM, we know many of you are good at using your imagination!

If you recently got the new True-Earth Washington and/or Oregon packages from ORBX, then this event will just be perfect for you!

The Round-up is one of the most popular rodeos in the country and includes many Indian cultural events. We will also be staffing the Pasco Tri-cities, Yakima, and Walla Walla airports to make this event perfect for such GA flying. Besides this, we may have coverage at a few other airports as well after we staff up these locations.


Pilot Tips for the event:
  • Reference current airport diagrams and event consider comparing your current scenery in advance. X-plane users generally should have updated airports thanks to the gateway projects, so this is mostly for FSX/P3D users.
  • These airports are Class Delta, so be sure if you want flight following to request it with your clearance or simply pick it up with the appropriate controller once you're airborne and out of the tower's airspace. Ref airport info to know if who provides your radar service.
  • Be sure to brush up on how to enter a pattern and basic pattern instructions. This is typically a major issue with our VFR events and many pilots not understanding the basics of flying in the pattern, how to enter per instructions, etc.
News / ZLA Announces New Pilot Initiatives
« Last post by Matthew Kramer on August 18, 2019, 05:58:35 pm »
The Los Angeles ARTCC is proud to announce several new, or maybe not so new, initiatives designed to increase pilot and controller involvement and understanding. We are making a few changes to our community to encourage pilots and controllers to interact on a regular basis, while also hopefully increasing both pilot and controller quality across the board. First, ZLA is happy to announce we are moving to a new discord server. We are dedicated to making it as easy as possible for our controllers to access information, training staff, and resources, while also giving pilots a dedicated space to interact directly with the controllers on the other side of the scope, ask questions, and generally enjoy this hobby.

Second, we are announcing the resurgence of ZOTSOT! We are currently accepting applicants for the ZLA OTS Special Operations Team (ZOTSOT). ZLA has a long history and relationship with pilots that enjoy flying in the SOCAL and Vegas areas. In the spirit of that partnership we are opening applications for pilots to join this highly skilled team. The main purpose of ZOTSOT is to provide controllers with a diverse and unique traffic picture during their Over The Shoulder (OTS) exams or to test on their normal sessions for advancements. ZOTSOT pilots are encouraged to bring their helicopters, their airships, their light sport aircraft, and their good sense of challenge to help test the mettle of ZLA’s students. It’s a great opportunity to practice some of the more unique and challenging aspects of our airspace while also putting our best to the test.

What it takes to be a ZOTSOT Pilot:
  • Have a desire to help student controllers
  • Be able to fly on the VATSIM Network
  • Follow the ZOTSOT Guidelines in the forums Here
  • Work with the TA and Instructors
  • (Coming Soon) Get your own Signature Badge in the ZLA Forums
Interested? Read more HERE and send your CID, email, and why you are interested to  Please note - by applying you are consenting to periodic emails in relation to ZOTSOT only. 

Finally, ZLA is recommitting to its partnership with VATSTAR pilot training. Building off the success of our first one, we’re excited to announce our next pilot/controller event coming this Fall. Going forward we hope to create more events bespoke to the training program VATSTAR provides, and generally mutually contribute to pilot and controller quality by utilizing our airspaces’ most challenging and rewarding features including Special Flight Rules Area, Tower Enroute Control Routes, unique airspace classes and a hotbed of GA flying.

From pilot ratings, to the first ZOTSOT programs, intense controller training, and a reputation for an intense workload, ZLA is proud to build on our strong history of pilot/controller relations and is thrilled to be able to continue that legacy on the VATSIM network. Please join us in our new discord, visit us at, and feel free to reach out to us anytime via email.

Blue Sky,
Your friends at ZLA
Nick Christopher, ATM | Matthew Kramer, DATM | Josh Borges, TA
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